Given by Sam Lipsyte

By Sam Lipsyte

Milo Burkes liv är försatt i fritt fall efter att han fått sparken från fundraisingavdelningen på ett tredje klassens universitet. Eller påbörjades fallet långt innan? Han skulle ju bli det amerikanska måleriets nya frälsare, nu sörjer han ett arbete som han aldrig ens velat ha. Dessutom misstänker Milo att hans fru träffat en annan och att hans treårige son egentligen föraktar honom. Oväntat ges dock Milo möjligheten att återfå sin anställning. Allt han behöver göra är att uppvakta en potentiell sponsor som lower than oklara omständigheter efterfrågat hans inblandning. males det Milo tror är fallets slutpunkt, visar sig bara vara dess början.

I Sam Lipsytes tredje roman Given avhandlas alltifrån barnuppfostran, klass och krig until eventually romantiska komedier, internetporr och matlagningsprogram för dödsdömda. Den gemensamma nämnaren är ett Amerika där skillnaden mellan nationens självbild och den faktiska verkligheten aldrig kunnat vara större. En satirsk skildring över hur den amerikanska drömmen inte håller vad den lovat.

"Sam Lipsyte är en stjärna i stigande, sanna mina ord. Han har simply skänkt världen sin tredje roman, Given, och han skriver en prosa som får läsaren - åtminstone denna läsare - att skratta högt och okontrollerat på ett sätt som gör att folks tittat konstigt."
- Jan Söderqvist, Svenska Dagbladet

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Fred T. Barry, incidentally, was exactly the same age as Trout. They had the same birthday. But they certainly didn’t look anything alike. Fred T. Barry didn’t even look like a white man anymore, even though he was of pure English stock. As he grew older and older and happier and happier, and all his hair fell out everywhere, he came to look like an ecstatic old Chinaman. He looked so much like a Chinaman that he had taken to dressing like a Chinaman. Real Chinamen often mistook him for a real Chinaman.

Harry could be arrested for what he did on weekends. He could be fined up to three thousand dollars and sentenced to as much as five years at hard labor in the Sexual Offenders’ Wing of the Adult Correctional Institution at Shepherdstown. • • • So poor Harry spent a wretched Veterans’ Day weekend after that. But Dwayne spent a worse one. Here is what the last night of that weekend was like for Dwayne: his bad chemicals rolled him out of bed. They made him dress as though there were some sort of emergency with which he had to deal.

He would kid Bill about that. ” he’d say, or, “Seems like you’ve got a touch of the old emphysema, Bill,” or, “We never discussed what kind of a funeral you want, Bill. ” And so on. He told Bill that humanity deserved to die horribly, since it had behaved so cruelly and wastefully on a planet so sweet. “We’re all Heliogabalus, Bill,” he would say. This was the name of a Roman emperor who had a sculptor make a hollow, life-size iron bull with a door on it. The door could be locked from the outside.

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